President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is only four days away and he could not be more unlucky when it comes to finding talent to perform. Now to make matters worse for Trump a Bruce Springsteen cover band named B-Street Band just decided to cancel and will no longer be performing for his inauguration.
The band leader Will Forte told Rolling Stones “We felt that we had to make it known that we didn’t want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band. I don’t want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn’t working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out.”
Springsteen publicly backed Hillary Clinton during the election. After Trump won in November Springsteen shared his fears. “I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” he said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
The band faced a backlash and ultimately decided to back out of performing, although this was not going to be the first time they performed at New Jersey gala. The band performed back in 2009 and 2013 during President Obama’s inauguration weekend.
The band says it has nothing to do with the incoming president being Republican. “This is a nonpartisan affair,” the band proclaimed in a release, adding that the gala takes place every four years “regardless of which party wins the White House” and the band has performed at events for both parties “dozens of times.”
They concluded that it would be disrespectful to perform and ultimately decided to cancel.
“It’s like we were in a hurricane,” Forte told NJ.com. “And we realized what was most important to us was being grateful and respectful to Bruce. The last thing we want is for it to seem like we are being disingenuous to him and E Street.”